Trustees reject request

Object funeral home’s annexation petition

HOWLAND — Township trustees at a special meeting March 31 voted 2-0 against an annexation petition for property at 962 North Road NE from the township into Warren city.

The property is the site of Staton-Borowski Funeral Home.

Trustees James Lapolla and Matthew Vansuch objected to the annexation petition, which was filed with Trumbull County commissioners March 9. Trustee Rick Clark was absent.

Lapolla said this was the third petition for the property that trustees have objected to because of it creating a roadway maintenance problem because of segmentation of the road, a storage area that did conform to zoning rules because of its size and wanting to house a crematorium, and any taking of land from the township.

The property is located in Howland, while the other side of North Road is in Warren city.

Officials also said the annexation would not create a contiguous connection to the property.

Lapolla said the business applied for a variance from the township zoning appeals board to build a bigger facility than what is currently there, but it was denied.

”We are against any annexation of land out of the township. We don’t want to lose any land,” Lapolla said.

Bryan Borowski, owner of Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, said he wants to construct a six-bay building / garage for the funeral home’s vehicles for the first phase and then place a crematorium in one of the bays as part of the second phase.

Borowski said his business has grown and he needs a location for all the vehicles because some are now stored at a different site.

”We have grown, and I need a bigger place to house the equipment and vehicles. I like Howland, but I need this garage. Ever since I brought this to Howland officials, it has been a fiasco. It is mindboggling what they will allow and what they won’t. It’s very upsetting,” he said.

Borowski said he presented plans of what he would like to do two years ago to township zoning officials. He also said he is talking to Warren officials about the proposal.